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South Portland Doesn't Support Gas Facility Moratorium

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The City Council in South Portland won't enact a moratorium to slow down plans for a liquefied petroleum gas storage and distribution facility.

The Portland Press Herald reports there isn't enough support for the moratorium among the councilors. Five of the seven would have to approve it, and only three say they would.

NGL Supply Terminal Co. submitted a preliminary plan to build the depot in February. It would be capable of storing a million gallons of liquefied petroleum gas at Rigby Yard. The company has since scaled back its proposal to not exceed 744,000 gallons.

Some residents say they are concerned about the potential for an explosion if the depot is built.

A formal vote will take place Dec. 9.